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Library Newsletter April 2017

Basketball icon to appear in Mission Viejo April 10

Sports and cultural icon Bill Walton will talk about his incredible life and memoir “Back from the Dead” when he visits Mission Viejo on Monday, April 10.

Walton will appear in a special Writers Present program in celebration of National Library Week at 6 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.

“Back from the Dead” recounts Walton’s devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

In 2008, Walton suffered a catastrophic spinal collapse—the culmination of a lifetime of injuries—that left him unable to move. He spent three years on the floor of his house, eating his meals there and crawling to the bathroom, where he could barely hoist himself up onto the toilet. The excruciating pain and slow recovery tested Walton to the fullest. But with extraordinary patience, determination – and pioneering surgery—he recovered, and now shares his life story in this remarkable and unique memoir.

The memoir also follows Walton’s broadcasting career as well as his longtime friendship with UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

Tickets to this presentation range from $20-$31 and include a copy of "Back from the Dead" and two admissions. Purchase your tickets online today.  The audio book is narrated by Walton.

For more information, contact by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or email

Legendary ’60 minutes’ reporter visits Mission Viejo April 21

bookcover-becoming-grandmaLesley Stahl, one of America’s most recognized broadcast journalists, will discuss her New York Times bestselling book “Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting” in Mission Viejo on April 21.

This legendary “60 Minutes” reporter will appear in the City’s popular Writers Present series at 7 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

After four decades as a reporter, Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state or researching stories at “60 Minutes.” It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected she wanted to “investigate” it—as though it were a news flash. So, she explored how grand-mothering changes a woman’s life, interviewing friends like Whoopi Goldberg, colleagues like Diane Sawyer (and grandfathers, including Tom Brokaw) as well as the proverbial woman next door.

Stahl’s career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting.  She has been a “60 Minutes” correspondent since 1991; the 2015-2016 season marked her 25th on the broadcast.  Before joining “60 Minutes,” Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan and part of the George H.W. Bush presidencies.  She also hosted “Face the Nation” from 1983 to 1991 and co-anchored “America Tonight” from 1989 to 1990.

In an era when baby boomers are becoming grandparents in droves and when young parents need all the help they can get raising their children, Stahl’s book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship. Her appearance in Mission Viejo comes just before Mother’s Day and is the perfect gift for any mother or grandmother.

Tickets are either $32, which includes admittance for two along with one hardback book, or $18.50, which includes admittance for two along with one trade paperback book.

Click HERE for tickets. Tickets are limited.

For more information, contact by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or email

'Being Mortal' – End-of-life Decision Making

Have you ever thought about an advanced directive but aren’t sure where to start? Each day, countless families are faced with the difficulty of end-of-life decisions. Whether you’re a family member, healthcare professional or planning for yourself, don't miss a special program on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. 

The Mission Viejo Library is teaming up with St. Joseph Healthcare at Mission Hospital to bring you "Being Mortal," a documentary film based on a book by Dr. Atul Gawande. This PBS Frontline documentary film emphasizes the importance of planning for our own mortality. The 50-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with Mission Hospital doctors and nurses who will also be on hand to answer questions.

Register for this program by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or email The first 20 people to register will also receive a copy of “Being Mortal.”

Don’t forget to recycle this April to benefit the library

Don’t forget to fill your recycling cart every week in April.   During this month, Waste Management will donate $5 for every ton of recyclables picked up curbside in Mission Viejo to the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library.   Waste Management’s donations to the Friends over the years have helped support various library collections and programs.  Be a “friend” and recycle as much as you can during the month of April.

Visit the Friends’ booth at Arts Alive on April 30

The Friends of the Library will host a booth at the City’s Arts Alive Festival and Street Painting event on Sunday, April 30.  Stop by to browse art-themed books for sale and learn more about the Friends.  Fliers about the upcoming authors appearing in our Writers Present program, sign-up sheets for our monthly eNewsletter and applications to become a volunteer will be available.   Through bookstore operations and other fundraising events, our 200+ library volunteers support a wide array of library programs and services.  Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers are always sought to work in the bookstore, Amazon unit and serve on our Board of Directors.

South Orange County California Genealogical Society presents: ‘Diseases that Ravaged our Ancestors’

article-stephen-bairdDr. Stephen Baird is an emeritus professor of clinical pathology at UCSD School of Medicine and retired chief of pathology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla. His interests in genealogy relate to how family trees could be used to study inheritance of various traits, both normal and disease processes. On April 15, he will talk about the diseases that impacted our ancestors. His intriguing presentation is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 27976 Marguerite Parkway. Visitors are welcome.

For information, contact

We still want your photos for our Local History Collection

article-mv-history-dillehuntAs part of a California State Library grant, we were fortunate to purchase a scanner to help digitize our collection of photographs. Along with adding images from our existing collection, we are asking folks in our community to help by providing their own photographs. So far, we have held two successful “scanning days” and have another one set for April 15 at the Mission Viejo Heritage House located in Melinda Park. We have collected wonderful pictures of families having fun at Lake Mission Viejo; students celebrating high school graduation; marching bands and floats from St. Patrick’s Day Parades; and even fossil digs excavated in Mission Viejo. So, if you have pictures that show life in Mission Viejo, we would love to scan them and possibly add those digital copies to our collection.

Speaking of the Heritage House … it is a unique little building designated to highlight the history of Mission Viejo. Working with our local history librarian Jeff Price, the Heritage Committee will unveil an exhibit highlighting the creation of Mission Viejo.

By appointment on Saturday, April 15, we’ll scan photos from 10 5 p.m. at the Melinda Park-based Heritage House at 28951 Melinda Road.  Schedule your time slot by contacting 949-830-7100, ext. 5110 or

These free programs and materials are possible thanks to funding from a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the California State Library.

New books for spring

Visit the library for new book releases this spring! Here are some spring titles readers are sure to embrace:

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box 3/21/17

bookcover-vicious-circleFrom Amazon: The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he’d always wondered if there’d be a day of reckoning. He’s not wondering any longer. Joe knows they’re coming after him and his family now. He has his friend Nate by his side but will that be enough this time?

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber 3/21/17

bookcover-if-not-for-youFrom Amazon: If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon where she’s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. When shocking secrets from Sam’s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she’s come to love.

All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark 4/4/17

bookcover-all-by-myself-aloneFrom Amazon: Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship—the Queen Charlotte. On board, she meets 86-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, “Lady Em,” as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead—and the necklace is missing. Never, in all her long career as a #1 bestselling suspense novelist, has Mary Higgins Clark been in better form.

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline 4/11/17

bookcover-one-perfect-lieFrom Amazon: A handsome stranger named Chris Brennan moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley. He’s applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the local high school, and he looks perfect – on paper. But his name is an alias, his resume is false and everything about him is a lie. Enthralling and suspenseful, “One Perfect Lie” is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will keep readers riveted to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.

The Fix by David Baldacci 4/18/17

bookcover-fixFrom Amazon: Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.

And for younger readers:

The Trials of Apollo Book Two: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan 5/2/2017

bookcover-trials-of-apollo-book-twoFrom Amazon: Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music, archery, poetry and more--by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered 16-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin 5/2/17

bookcover-dragons-love-tacosFrom Amazon: News alert! It has just been discovered that there are NO MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. If only there was a way for the dragons to travel back in time to before tacos went extinct. Then, they could grab lots of tacos and bring them back! It’s the perfect plan, as long as there’s no spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time . . .